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Best things to do in Reykjavík

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Church
“Beautiful church. It took aprox 17 years to build it. Make sure to go to the top to enjoy the view”
390 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Harpa is the iconic glass structure next to the harbor. It is the home of Icelandic Symphony Orchestra which plays every Thursday during the season in the 2000 seat hall Harpa also has a number of smaller auditoriums suitable for all kind of music and events. It's also a great spot to get a view of a good part of the harbor and the old city. https://en.harpa.is/”
264 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The oldest shopping mall in Reykjavík. 15-20 minutes walk from the apartment. ”
131 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Museum of Iceland was established on 24 February 1863, with Jón Árnason the first curator of the Icelandic collection The museum offers a variety of fascinating exhibitions and one permanent display illustrating lavishly the story of Iceland’s past, from the medieval days of Viking settlements to current contemporary culture.”
175 locals recommend
Pool
“The local swimming pool. Swimming pools are a big part of Icelandic culture. We love to go hang out and chat in the hot tubs and relax in the steam baths and sauna. Take your own swimsuits and bath towels and be prepared to shower before and after in a shared locker room. This one is my personal favorite due to the circular steam room and variety of temperatures in the hot tubs. After you can grab a burger at Hagavagninn, a coffee at Kaffihús vesturbæjar, get one of the best cinnamon buns in town at Brauð og co. or go to Ísbúð Vesturbæjar for an ice cream. Icelanders are also crazy for their ice cream and the swimming pool / ice cream combo is popular all year round!”
298 locals recommend
Pool
“The most historic pool in Reykjavik. Recently renovated. Just a couple minutes walk from the apartment.”
254 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“This is the most popular restaurant in downtown Reykjavík.! And one of the best. ”
176 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“on top of Öskjuhlíð hill you can enter the Pearl, built on huge hot-water reservoirs and take the elevator up on 4th floor to enjoy the view. Or visit the glacier exhibition, or have a dinner on the 5th floor ”
191 locals recommend
Pool
“Laugardalslaug is a swimming pool located in Laugardalur area. It has nice hot tubs and an area with waterslides for kids to play. ”
217 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Reykjavík Art Museum is a dynamic and progressive scene which gives guests an opportunity to get to know diverse art and gain a deeper understanding of the historic, social, cultural and artistic context of different artworks. The museum exhibits work from Icelandic and international leading artists in Modern and Contemporary Art. ”
140 locals recommend
Bistro
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“Local hang out. Good food and alway crowded. Nice atmosphere. You can not make a reservation here. ”
188 locals recommend
Route
“Main street for shopping souvenirs and other thinks also restaurants and bars”
183 locals recommend
Bakery
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“My favorite bakery <3. Many locations with amazing sourdough bread and baked goods. The cinnamon bons are to die for! Vegan options. All organic and amazing ”
140 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This Art Museum is located in a very small park. The exhibitions vary. There is a small cafe inside the museum and a gift shop. The park is also nice to visit on a sunny day. It takes about 8 minutes to walk there. ”
144 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Excellent fish restaurant, probably the best in Reykjavik. You need to make a reservation. ”
115 locals recommend
Bar
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“Service Icelandic beer called KALDI which is one of my favourite beer. Its where the locals hang out.”
144 locals recommend